Ming Dong Gu is an associate professor at Rhodes College. He is the author of Chinese Theories of Reading and Writing: A Route to Hermeneutics and Open Poetics (2005) and Chinese Theory of Fiction: A Non-Western Narrative System (forthcoming in 2006). He has published numerous articles in books and journals including Diacritics, Poetics Today, Comparative Literature, Comparative Literature Studies, Canadian Review of Comparative Literature, Literature and Psychology, D. H. Lawrence Review, Journal of Oriental Studies, Journal of Asian Studies, Journal of Chinese Philosophy, Philosophy East and West, Chinese Literature: Essays, Articles, Reviews, Monumenta Serica, and Wenyi yanjiu [Literature and Art Studies]. He is currently writing a book on some fundamental issues in the comparative studies of Chinese and Western literatures.
Susan Haack is Cooper Senior Scholar in Arts and Sciences, Professor of Philosophy, and Professor of Law at the University of Miami. Her most recent books are Manifesto of a Passionate Moderate: Unfashionable Essays (1998) and Defending Science—Within Reason: Between Scientism and Cynicism (2003). She is editor-in-chief (with associate editor Robert Lane) of an anthology entitled Pragmatism, Old and New, scheduled to appear in late fall 2005; and a volume of essays on her work, Susan Haack: A Lady of Distinctions, edited by Cornelis de Waal, will be published in late spring 2006. She is currently working on Oliver Wendell Holmes’s jurisprudence.
Bob Hodge is Professor at the Centre for Cultural Research, University of Western Sydney. He holds a doctorate from Cambridge University and is a Fellow of the Australian Humanities Academy. Among his many publications are Paradise Lost (1975); Foreshortened Time: Andrew Marvell (1978); Children and Television (with David Tripp, 1986); Social Semiotics (with Gunther Kress, 1988); Myths of Oz (with John Fiske, 1988); Literature and Social Semiotics (1989); Literature as Discourse (1990); Dark Side of the Dream (with Vijay Mishra, 1991); Language as Ideology (with Gunther Kress, 2nd ed. 1993); and The Politics of Chinese Language and Culture (with Kam Louie, 1998).
William Melaney is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of English and Comparative Literature at the American University in Cairo. He has published widely on nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature in English, French, and German. He has also published articles on philosophical figures that are important to the critical tradition. A special study entitled After Ontology: Literary Theory and Modernist Poetics (2001) combines the work of Gadamer and Derrida in order to reread many of the key works in the modernist canon. [End Page 497]
Vijay Mishra is Professor of English Literature at Murdoch University, Perth. He holds doctorates from the Australian National University and Oxford University. Among his publications are Dark Side of the Dream: Australian Literature and the Postcolonial Mind (with Bob Hodge, 1991); The Gothic Sublime (1994); Devotional Poetics and the Indian Sublime (1998); and Bollywood Cinema: Temples of Desire (2002). He has completed a book-length manuscript entitled The Diasporic Imaginary and is currently at work on a book on Salman Rushdie.
Stein Haugom Olsen is Chair Professor of Philosophy and Head of the Department of Philosophy at Lingnan University, Hong Kong. He has published papers and books on a range of topics in aesthetics, philosophy of literature, and literary criticism. He is currently completing a book on the origin of academic literary criticism.
Anca Parvulescu is a doctoral candidate in the English Department at the University of Minnesota. She is currently working on a project on laughter and modernity. She has published articles on marriage in feminist theory, the figure of the Medusa, dialogism and the university, and East European cinema.
Sanja Perovic is a Harper-Schmidt Fellow at the University of Chicago. Currently she is working on a book about revolutionary time entitled Untamable Time: A Literary and Historical Panorama of the French Revolutionary Calendar.
Paul Stevens is Professor and Canada Research Chair in English Literature at the University of Toronto. He is the author of Imagination and the Presence of Shakespeare in “Paradise Lost” (1985); coeditor of Discontinuities: New Essays on Renaissance Literature and Criticism (1998); When Is a Public Sphere? (special issue of Criticism, 2004); and Early Modern Nationalism and Milton’s England (forthcoming in 2006). He has twice won the...